Rope 4 Hope
Help Raise Funds That Benefit Local Cancer Patients
Dust off those boots and squeeze into those favorite old Wranglers; wear your pink and get ready to rodeo. The fun and festivities for the 3rd Annual Rope 4 Hope kick off Saturday, October 29, with the barrel racing events, with Team Roping all day on Sunday, October 30.
Held at the Baird Arena in Cliff, NM, entries begin at 9 a.m. with exhibition runs at 10 a.m. There will be a 3D Youth barrel race, followed by an Open 4D race. Buckles will be awarded to each Division in the Open and to the fastest time in the Youth Division.
On Sunday, October 30, attend Cowboy Church at 8.am., then enter the Team Roping. Entries start at 8:00 am. Buckles will be awarded to the High Money Header and Heeler of the day. A Dummy Roping for the youth, 10 years and under will take place between one of the ropings. A buckle will be awarded to the Dummy Roping winner.
Kelsey Garner, winner of the 2009 Rope 4 Hope youth Barrel Race, races around one of the pink barrels that marked the Rope 4 Hope field. Photo by Quinn Green, Windmill Ranch Photography
Participate in the Silent Auction, the Raffle for a beautiful handmade lap quilt and enjoy the homemade baked goods for sale. T-shirts representing the event will be available for purchase also. Educational materials regarding breast and testicular cancer will be available.
Rope 4 Hope is the dream project of Denice Baird, R.N., GRMC Med Surg Director, and her husband, Sherman, who own the Baird Arena. "We hope that this event will continue to grow in size and donations so that our mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends can live a long and healthy life without Breast Cancer," stated Denice.
Proceeds benefit the Gila Regional Cancer Center through the Gila Regional Medical Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3). Monies raised are to be used expressly to ease the burden placed on patients who are experiencing financial hardship due to their cancer treatment.
"Our intent is that no patient should have to make a choice between necessary treatment and meeting their financial obligations, namely food, fuel, or utilities," says Denice.
A portion of the monies, 50% percent will be utilized by Gila Regional Cancer Center to assist in the cost of mammograms for uninsured women in Grant, Luna, Hidalgo, and Catron Counties.
To find out more about this event go online to http://www.rope4hope.org/ or contact Denice at 575/535-2647, or 575-956-3972.